3/04/2013 10:00:00 AM

Chicago Dining Deal and Events, March 4-10

Eat these for free on Saturday

Be on the lookout for free popcorn on the streets of Downtown. The Popcorn Factory is celebrating Chicago's birthday with samples of Chicago-inspired flavors such as hot dog, deep dish pizza and cheesecake.

Chef Jose Garce’s modern tapas restaurant is celebrating five successful years with five juicy pigs. The party kicks of at Mercat al la Planxa at 7 PM with five pig stations paired with beer from 5 Rabbit. Tickets cost $55 and also include passed hors d'oeuvres and birthday cake (312-765-0524).

The weekly pop-up fund-raiser, Soup and Bread, returns to The Hideout at 5:30 PM. The event features chefs and home cooks serving warm soup with local bread to raise money for hunger relief. There is a “pay-what-you-can” suggested donation.

Join Sam Adams, as in the beer, for a multicourse dinner at John Barelycorn. Highlights include filet mignon medallions, almond-crusted halibut and seared ahi tuna paired with New World Tripel and Thirteenth Hour from the brewery’s Barrel Room. Tickets cost $55 in advance and $60 the day of the event (312-477-8700).

It’s an old school show down of East versus West that will pit brother against brother. No, seriously, one brother works for Lagunitas and the other for Allagash. Each will have six taps at Three Aces all week and it’s up to the drinkers to decide which is best (312-243-1577).

Do you plans yet for national meatball day? Did you know national meatball day existed? Well, you do now and you also know that by whispering "I love Greg's meatballs" in the ear of any server at Tavernita will result in a complimentary signature meatball (312-274-1111).

Tired of waiting in line for Little Goat? Start the day with dishes from the diner at Stumptown coffee at Dose Market. Other vendors for foodies include Underground Meats, Karl’s Craft Soup, Vintage Confections and Homer’s Ice Cream. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door of River East Arts Center.


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